QS Best Student Cities ranking: 23rd
Taiwan’s universities have been steadily climbing to greater global prominence in recent years, establishing the country’s capital as one of Asia’s leading higher education hubs. Taipei is home to no less than eight universities ranked among the world’s best in the QS World University Rankings® 2015/16, led by the nation’s flagship public institute, National Taiwan University (NTU) (ranked joint 70th in the world).
Renowned worldwide for its high-tech industry, Taipei has also become increasingly popular with travelers. Its attraction is something akin to that of cities like Hong Kong, in combining all the attractions of fast-paced modern city life with the appeal of more traditional cultural elements.
With relatively low tuition fees and living costs, Taipei also has one of the highest scores for affordability among the top 75 cities, making it well worth considering if you’re on a tight budget.
QS ranked universities
More about Taipei
Number of universities ranked by QS
Top ranked institution
National Taiwan University (70th in the world)
Students (% of total population)
1.6% (based on ranked institutions)
8.0% (of students at ranked institutions)
Average tuition fees
Global Liveability Ranking
60th (out of 140)
Mercer Cost of Living rank
41st (out of 214)
Cost of a Big Mac
Cost of an iPad
Numbeo safety rank
40th (out of 446)
Numbeo pollution rank
180th (out of 300)
Transparency International score
36th (out of 177)
Sources: QS World University Rankings; Global Liveability Ranking (The Economist’s Intelligence Unit); Big Mac Index (The Economist’s Intelligence Unit); iPad Index (Commsec); Cost of Living Survey (Mercer); Corruption Perceptions Index (Transparency International).